I am writing a book. I have mentioned this before, in a few posts, but it is really happening now. A contract has been signed. A delivery date for the manuscript has been diarised. A book must now be written. Well. But, I am finding that proposing a book, and writing a book, are two … Continue reading Book writing: how to really get going (and stay going)
As a supervisor now, I am tasked with helping the students who are just starting out to find a way into their field, through reading (and keeping a reading journal). As a researcher and writer, I also have to work out, when I start a new paper or new project, where and how to start … Continue reading Reading: pointing yourself in the right direction(s)
Reading. One of the most important, but often most invisible, activities academics and scholars have to engage in to actually be academic, and scholarly. As a postgraduate student - honours, master, PhD especially - you will know that reading is a big part of your weekly workload, especially in the first part of your study, … Continue reading Reading: hard to teach, hard to do
I have been thinking recently about why we undertake doctoral research at all. I've been reading applications to the PhD programme I am working in, and have also had a request to possibly co-supervise the project of a new colleague who will retire in 3 years' time and really wants to finally start her doctorate. … Continue reading Why do you want to do a PhD?
I've been trying to write this post for a while, and I can't quite get what is in my head onto this page in quite the right way. What I want to do is something a little indulgent, and reflect on my experiences, over the last 5 years, of becoming and being an 'early career … Continue reading Becoming, being, and change: reflecting on early career (and what comes next)